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BENGALURU: Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai has promised to hold the winter session at Suvarna Vidhana Soudha in Belagavi, earmarking Rs 17 crore for the purpose in the supplementary budget.
If the plans materialise, Belagavi will host a legislature session after a three-year gap. The last one was held in 2018. Floods and the pandemic prevented proceedings there in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
“Two years were not conducive for the Belagavi session, but this time, we will conduct it. We will hold it tentatively in December,” Bommai said. The 10-day monsoon schedule of the legislature concluded in Bengaluru on Friday.
The Belagavi sittings will depend on the Covid-19 crisis staying under control. Officials in the health department and experts are a little wary and have advised the government to wait and watch.
“It is too early to talk about the Belagavi session. We normally take a call on restrictions or relaxation 14 days before an event. We need to monitor the developments as the third wave may surge if there is a new mutation,” said Dr MK Sudarshan, the chairperson of the Covid-19 technical advisory committee. “But the heartening thing is that the second wave has receded and the vaccine coverage has improved. We will study all this before making our recommendation.”
Officials are hopeful. “The government has given a positive signal about it and sincerely wants to take the session to Belagavi this time. I hope it will happen without any hassles,” said assembly speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri.
Activists and politicians from Belagavi want the government to hold proper legislative proceedings, and not a symbolic meet. They pointed out that the government spent more than Rs 4.4 crore on the 2018 session, which was held for only 40 hours and 25 minutes. A major chunk of the money went towards the legislators’ hotel stay and travel allowance, which amounted to Rs 2.6 crore.
“We want the session to be meaningful with debates and legislation on issues related to the Mumbai Karnataka and Kalyana Karnataka regions,” said Ashok Y Chandrgi, the president of the Kannada Organisations’ Action committee.
He added that work in local government offices often came to a standstill during sessions and that the government should ensure continuity.
To curb protests near Suvarna Vidhana Soudha, Belagavi police commissioner K Thiyagarajan has issued an order imposing section 144 in the vicinity of the building for a month. The order came into effect from midnight of September 24 and will end on October 23. Thiyagarajan has explained the reasons for the restrictions. NH4 runs close to the west gate of the Soudha and traffic flow is high. Protests and other gatherings can cause inconvenience to motorists and hamper the movement of ambulances and vehicles transporting essential goods.

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